Breathtaking Inspirational Quotes about Magic

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Since it’s my birthday, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite inspirational quotes about magic. I’ve always believed in the mystical, magical and arcane, but I’m not really even talking about THAT kind of magic, per se. I’m talking about the magic of everyday life. A perfectly red rose, a rain storm that cools you down just when you think you’ll go bonkers from the heat, the way we can manage to form meaningful connections with the right people out billions of people on the planet. Maybe those things are science or coincidence, but to me, it’s all part […] Read more »

Summer Must-Haves for Beating the Crazy Heat + Giveaway #VaselineSprays

Summer beat the heat

This summer must-haves post is brought to you by Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer. All opinions are my own. Summer may be half over, but it’s finally just starting to heat up here in my area. In fact, we JUST went to the pool for the first time last week! It hasn’t stopped raining long enough to go before. Unfortunately, it seems to have gone from tolerable to “gee I wish I owned a walk-in freezer” overnight. One day I’m walking around in my long-sleeve jammies happy as a clam. The next, I’m crying that I miss the […] Read more »

Make Your BBQ More Eco-Friendly with Sustainable Earth Party Ware at Staples

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Summer is party season in so many ways. Between the BBQs, graduation parties, “bon voyage” parties for teens going to college, family reunions and so on, it seems like these three months are just one party after another. All those parties can wreak havoc on the environment if you don’t use the right disposable party ware. The Sustainable Earth line from Staples makes it easy to change that. I received a selection of Sustainable Earth party ware for review and a gift card to help me buy party food. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate until this past weekend. We’ve had […] Read more »

Must-Have Road Trip Essentials for Vacationing Solo with Kids + $50 Costco & Fisher Nut Exactly Giveaway #FisherNutExactly

road trip essentials single parents traveling with kids

This road trip essentials for single moms post is brought to you by Fisher Nut Exactly Snack Bites. All opinions are my own. Planning a road trip with kids when you have a partner to help you out is hard enough. Planning a trek with kids solo? Eeek! Whether you’re a single parent or just happen to be flying solo with the kids this summer, I’ve come up with a few road trip essentials for single moms to help you on your journey. I’m going to be honest, though, my biggest “road trip” as a single mom takes me about an hour away. […] Read more »

Kitten Cuteness on Overload (Not-Even-Remotely-Wordless Wednesday)

Cute Cuddly Kittens

I rarely do Wordless Wednesday posts, mostly because I forget the meme exists. Also because I don’t like the whole idea of being “wordless.” I’m not capable of it! So here’s a sort of Wordless Wednesday post instead! Insanely cute kittens doing cute kitten-like things. I lied. This isn’t even “sort of Wordless Wednesday.” There’s a story behind these kittens and I have to share it! So here’s how it goes. See this Mama Cat? Well, one day in the dead cold of winter (coldest on record), some inhumane monster dumped her off at the cottages where my boyfriend lives. […] Read more »

We’re All Together in the Sisterhood of Motherhood!

We’re All Together in the Sisterhood of Motherhood!

This post is sponsored by Similac.  I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own. Sometimes motherhood feels a little too much like high school, don’t you think? It seems like there’s a “clique” for every type of parenting. Breast feeding versus formula feeding. Attachment parenting versus free-range parenting. Cloth versus diapers.  The list goes on. It doesn’t end after the baby years, either. In the last 9 years of my son’s life, I’ve been mom-shamed for more things than I can count. I opted to formula feed for personal and medical reasons. Wow, the things people […] Read more »

Putting My Heart to Paper for My Mom #PutYourHeartToPaper

Mothers Day

This post is brought to you by Hallmark. All opinions are my own. This Mother’s Day, Hallmark has issued a challenge that I absolutely love. They’re daring all of us to put our hearts to paper and really tell our moms what they mean to us. I’m not talking the simple “I love you” that we all put at the end of the card before signing our names. I mean really digging deep and saying WHY you love mom. I’m definitely up for that challenge, as I have a pretty awesome mom! 5 Reasons I’m Thankful to My Mom Obviously, […] Read more »

Amazing Team SCA All-Female Sailing Team Racing Towards USA! #WeAreTeamSCA

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Have you heard about Team SCA? They’re an amazing all-woman sailing crew competing in the Volvo Ocean Race, one of the world’s toughest sporting challenges. Over 250 female atheletes from all over the globe applied to be a part of Team SCA, but only 15 made it. The squad is made up of spectacular women from the USA, Great Britain, Switzerland, Australia, Sweden and The Netherlands. They’be launched off from Brazil and now they’re almost to Rhode Island! This is the first all-female team in this epic race in over 10 years and the only female entry in this edition of the race. The Incredible […] Read more »

A Supportive Family of Experts Makes All the Difference for This Single Mom!

Me and Donna on Cruise

As a single mom and a work-at-home writer, I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am right now without support. Raising kids is hard work. Every parent knows that. I think anyone who has ever even babysat a kid knows that! Raising a child on your own while trying to support yourself as a writer? Whole new ball game, and I’m not very good at sports. Thank goodness I have an amazingly supportive family. They don’t just help with Jacob, either, but they completely support my career. I know too many writers who deal with questions from family […] Read more »

Important Steps to Home Ownership


This post is written and sponsored by U.S. Bank. So, you’re ready to make the big leap into home ownership? Good for you. Home ownership can be a great experience and holds a number of tangible and intangible benefits. But first, you need to actually buy that property, which, especially if this is your first home, can feel more than a little complicated. Understanding the mortgage process Since a home is arguably the biggest purchase you’ll ever make, being prepared is key to having a successful experience. Doing some homework ahead of time – specifically on mortgage prequalification, the type […] Read more »